OCTOBER 2, 1950
David Bowie was praised for the exquisite timing of his final album release.
No one knew of his terminal cancer, so when he died two days after Black Star hit the shelves, it was hailed as the last artistic act of an exceptional showman.
And Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz displayed the same knack for poignant timing, as his last-ever cartoon strip, featuring Snoopy typing Schulz’s farewell letter to his fans, appeared in newspapers the day after he died in 2000.
With Schulz’s contract stipulating that no-one else could ever draw Peanuts after his death, that brought the curtain down on an incredible half-century after the cartoon first appeared on October 2, 1950.
Schulz wrote 17,897 cartoon strips in all, making it “arguably the longest story ever told by one human being”.
It focused on Charlie Brown, a meek kid, his dog Snoopy, his sister Sally and his friends Lucy, Linus, Franklin and Peppermint Patty – not forgetting Woodstock – who lived in a world where adults were rarely seen or heard.
At its peak, Peanuts ran in more than 2600 newspapers, and was read by 355 million people.